Electric Chair #1

The Electric Chair series of automata will be based on this 1908 photograph.

Inclined Slide #1

  • Conceived August 2019
  • Onto my workbench 14 August 2019
  • 12 October 2019: Mockups are successful.  The actual marble lift has been created.  I am now working on the lift drive mechanism.
  • Here is a link to the Inclined Slide #1 Project Sheet
Inclined Slide Proof of Concept is Successful.

Big Screw #1

  • Conceived September 2019.
  • This automata is part of the Jim’s Gym series.
  • Big Screw #1 will be started when Inclined Slide #1 is completed.
  • The Big Screw #1 Project Sheet is here.
This is the basis for the Big Screw series of automata

Big Wheel Lift #1

  • Conceived August 2018
  • Onto my workbench December 2018
  • Completed 8 July 2019 and available for commission.  $4000.  
  • View YouTube video here.
  • This Big Wheel Lift #1 is the prototype for future Big Wheel Lifts.  It is in my wife’s personal collection and is not for sale.
  • This automata is motorized, in addition to being hand crankable.
  • Here is a link to the Big Wheel Lift #1 Project Sheet.
  • The Big Wheel Lift #1 Detail Sheet is here.
The new case (still under construction) sits behind Big Wheel Lift #1.

Scissor Lift #2

  • Created between August 2018 and August 2019.
  • Hand cranked.  No motor available.
  • Scissor Lift #2 is in stock and available for purchase.  $1500.
  • The Scissor Lift #2  Project Sheet is here .
Scissor Lift #2 finally has it’s biped!

Scissor Lift #1

  • Created between Feb-July 2018.
  • Hand Cranked.  No motor.
  • This Scissor Lift #1 is the prototype for the Scissor Lift series of automata.
  • Not for Sale.  In my wifes personal collection.
  • Here is a link to the Scissor Lift #1 Project Sheet
Jim with Scissor Lift #1

A Sunday Drive

  • Into the trash 28 August 2019.
  • Conceived in 2017.
  • Onto my workbench March 2019.  Off my workbench August 2019.
  • This automata is a 1/1 and will be for sale, perhaps by the end of 2019.
  • This automata will be motor driven.
  • Here is a link to the A Sunday Drive Project Sheet.
A Sunday Drive: two major assemblies.

Misty, a 20 Pipe Street Organ

  • Hand built by Jim to a John Smith design.
  • Completed in the last quarter of 2016.
  • As of 3/20/2019 Misty has had her handle cranked more than 1,000,000 times.
  • Monte the Monkey was an important addition to the organ, and a reason that Jim has begun creating automata.
Misty, a 20 pipe street organ